Ocelot Cat – A wildcat like no other!
A wild looking cat with South American roots .
Ocelot Cat Price
How much do Ocelot cats cost? That depends mostly on where you buy it, as it can be hard to find a reputable breeder or seller. As these are extremely hard to find, you might be looking at something between $10,000 – $20,000. They can be more or less expensive, of course, but generally are not. Though don’t be fooled, taking care of one might be much more expensive due to its more restricted diet and need for an enclosure – it’s a wild kitty, it wants to run and jump and climb! 😉
Watch out for scammers! If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam!
No one will sell you an Ocelot for $900 unless there’s something seriously wrong with it or there’s no cat to sell.
Considering an Ocelot as a pet? No problem, as long as they’re legal where you live (for U.S. check here), and you can provide for them properly.
BUT: Ocelots do not really make good pets and are not adivsed to be around children or other pets.
They’re wild cats, so don’t be fooled by their cute face and gorgeous coats. They WILL get bigger, more mischievous, and wilder. They might be very loving and affectionate as kittens, but might become more dangerous and unpredictable as they get older and when they’re mated, as they’re generally not considered “good pets”, or even domesticated.
If you cannot take care of it anymore, it will be very hard to impossible to rehome it with another family/person that is able to provide for it. It might have to go to a wildlife sanctuary, and they are NOT happy about that for a reason.
Ocelots need lots of raw meat to eat, big toys to play with (think durable dog toys they can’t swallow), lots of space to run and be wild (but safe), and lots of attention. An unhappy Ocelot will be just as unhappy as a house cat when not played with and ignored.
Ocelot cats spray. Yes, all of them. And it will be A LOT! They are litter box trainable to an extent (think big litter box with special litter or newspaper please, it’s a big cat after all). But it’s hardwired in their nature to mark their territory with both urine and feces, and your home will not be an exception. Ocelots are known for heavily marking their territory, their “beds”, and possibly anything in sight. It is possible to try to contain it (good luck!), to prevent damage and (too strong) smells around the house by placing these where it will go. But with this kind of cat it is simply not advisable to keep it indoors.
Ocelots need outdoor enclosures with protections against harsh weathers.
They can make lovely enclosed-outdoor-only pets, as long as you know what you’re getting into and are prepared to deal with it, financially and otherwise.
Ocelot Cat Breeders
To buy an Ocelot Cat, I definitely recommend making sure the breeder is USDA registered to make sure they can guarantee a healthy kitten and are up to USDA standards, which will only benefit you and the cat, especially considering the investment that it is. I have yet to find a legitimate breeder, in the U.S. or overseas.
Ocelot Kittens for sale
A good website where to find most exotic kittens and cats is here. But finding an Ocelot kitten there might be like winning more than $500 in the lottery – it’s possible, but barely – they’re just that hard to find. Some sellers on that webste are USDA registered breeders, others might not be, please make sure to ask them if that’s important to you.
The diets of Ocelot Cats mostly consist of raw meat. More to that topic here.
Generally they do well with a more “wild” diet, meaning mostly raw meats mixed with special exotic feline supplements, and the exotic feline kibbles and canned wet foods as snacks or to mix it up a few times a week. They are not like your regular house cat, they will be more active and hyper, not to mention much larger than their house cat friends or neighbors.
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